If old Ron Reagan was not spinning in his grave before, he certainly is now.
Courtesy of NYT:
The United States is suspending one of the last major nuclear arms control treaties with Russia after heated conversations between the two powers recently failed to resolve a long-running accusation that Moscow is violating the Reagan-era treaty.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the decision on Friday as the Trump administration maintained that the Russian government has been unwilling to admit that a missile it has deployed near European borders violates the terms of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
Mr. Pompeo and his deputies have insisted that Moscow destroy the missile. Instead, the government of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia counteraccused the United States of violating the treaty’s terms because of the way in which it has deployed launchers for antiballistic missile systems in Europe.
“Countries must be held accountable when they break the rules,” Mr. Pompeo told journalists at the State Department.
“Russia has jeopardized the United States’ security interests,” Mr. Pompeo said, “and we can no longer be restricted by the treaty while Russia shamelessly violates it.”
Now, of course, some Trump apologists are going to point to this as proof that Trump is no puppet of Vladimir Putin’s, but those people are idiots.
This is EXACTLY what Putin wants to have happen as it frees him from constraints put on him by past Russian leaders, and offers the opportunity to engage in a faux cold war with America which elevates his standing in the world.
It will also allow Trump to point to yet another potential threat and increase military spending which pleases his conservative supporters and military defense donors.
Besides if you have one side or the other refusing to meet the conditions of a treaty you apply pressure to get them back to the negotiating table, you do NOT simply throw out the treaty.
I thought Trump was supposed to be good at making deals.
The whole thing is a big distraction, and it allows Russia to continue its real assault on America’s cybersecurity while the world focuses on the building of new nuclear weapons that nobody has any intention of utilizing.